Founded by retired lieutenant-general and celebrated humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, we are a global partnership committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers worldwide, through ground-breaking research, advocacy, and security-sector training.

“For soldiers with any sense of honour at all, fighting children offers a no-win situation. To be defeated by children would almost certainly bring death, derision and disgrace, while to win would carry the taint of having killed mere children.”

– LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d)

“Our military peacekeepers actually play an important role in protecting children from violations.”

– Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

“Children are our future and if we use them in battle, we are destroying the future. We must reclaim them, every one of them, one at a time.”

– Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General

“It is no coincidence that 60 per cent of the non-state armed forces in the world today deliberately make use of child soldiers. For rebel groups, using the child soldier doctrine is a way to overcome their weak starting point as far as recruiting, organization and other state-centred systemic barriers to growth.”

– P. W. Singer, Author of Children at War

“The ultimate focus of the rest of my life is to eradicate the use of child soldiers and to eliminate even the thought of the use of children as an instrument of war.”

– LGen Roméo Dallaire, Ret'd

“I think that taking on the child soldier cause is one of the most difficult because of the brutalization and the indifference of governments and paramilitaries is incredible. This is a real undertaking. What I so admire about the Initiative is its focus on trying to break the pattern somehow.”

– Stephen Lewis